- Can I move to a new web host using blogVault?
Yes. blogVault makes it really easy to move your site to a new web host. Refer to our guide on Migrating to a New Host using blogVault for more details.
You must ensure that the domain is configured and it points to a folder on the new web host. This is the folder from which your site will be served.
Can I move to a new domain/ URL using blogVault?
Definitely! blogVault automatically moves your entire site to the new domain. It also intelligently rewrites all references to the old URL in the database thus ruling out any broken links at the end of the migration.
What are the prerequisites for using blogVault’s migration?
There are 3 prerequisites –
- The domain to which you’re migrating to must be configured and pointing to a folder within your web host. This is the folder from which your site will be served.
- Install WordPress in the new location. In case you want to skip this step, you must create the database manually before proceeding with migration.
- You must have the FTP username and password to access your web host. blogVault uses this information to transfer files to the new location.
How will blogVault transfer files during migration?
You need to specify the FTP username and password along with the web host’s address. blogVault transfers the files and database to the new location using these FTP credentials. In case you don’t have your FTP details, contact your web host. Refer to our guide on Creating a FTP user with cPanel for more details.
Do I need to install WordPress before migration?
This is recommended, but not mandatory. If WordPress is already installed, blogVault automatically fills in the database details during migration. If not, you can always enter the details yourself. Refer to our guide on Installing WordPress for more details.
Do I need to transfer any files manually before migration?
No. blogVault transfer your entire site – posts, pages, images, database – once you initiate the migration process.
Do I need to install the blogVault plugin on the new domain/host before migration?
No. The FTP details are sufficient, blogVault takes care of everything else.
Should I create a database manually before migration?
In case WordPress isn’t installed in the new location, you must create a database and a corresponding user. Please make a note of the database host, name, username and password which you’ll have to key in during migration. Refer to our guide on Creating a Database using cPanel for more details.
Do I need to clean up the files if I am migrating to an existing site?
This won’t be necessary. blogVault handles it by overwriting existing files when newer versions are found. Any extra files will be left as it is. These usually don’t cause issues, so you can let them be.
Should I install a clean WordPress everytime, or would a previously working WordPress suffice?
No, you don’t have to. blogVault will overwrite existing files and ignore the extraneous files. So any existing WordPress install will work just fine.
Will there be a downtime during migration?
No, blogVault supports zero downtime migration. Once the migration is completed, you must update the DNS server to point to the new location. Until then the old URL continues to serve your site’s visitors. After the DNS update, the new one takes over. Read our article on Migration with Zero Downtime for more details.
What happens to all the data in the old location post migration? Will blogVault delete all the files?
blogVault doesn’t delete the old files. You can do it manually whenever needed.
Will blogVault start backing up the new site post migration?
No, you must add the old link and add the new site to your blogVault dashboard to start backing it up.
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